Secondary School Credentials

Students who are applying during their last year of secondary school should clearly state the name of the certificate they expect to receive and when. They should send an official school transcript with the application and send the original or certified copies of the credentials listed below when available. Admissions may request additional credentials as needed.

Boston University pays particular attention to the high school curriculum of each applicant for admission. The Board of Admissions looks to see if the applicant has challenged him/herself in the most demanding curriculum available.

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Algeria

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Baccalaureat exam scores and certificate None

Australia

State Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
New South Wales Higher School Certificate (Matriculation) None
Queensland Senior Certificate None
South Australia Matriculation Certificate None
Tasmania 1. Higher School Certificate 2. Advanced Level Exams None  Upon Review
Victoria Matriculation Examination/Higher School Certificate) None
Western Australia Leaving Certificate (Matriculation)/Certificate of Sec. Ed. None

Austria

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Reifeprüfung/Matura from Allgemeinbildende hörereSchulen None

Bangladesh

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Higher Secondary Certificate and transcript None

Belgium

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Diplôme d’aptitude à accéder à l’enseignement supérieur/Bekwaamheids–diploma dat toegang verleent tot het hoger onderwijs (Diploma Giving Access to Higher Education/DGAHE) None

Brazil

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Certificado de Segundo Grau and transcript None

Canada

Province Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
British Columbia Secondary School Graduation diploma None
Ontario Ontario Secondary School Diploma None
Québec Secondary Leaving Certificate and one year of CEGEP, or Secondary Leaving Certificate and 2 years of CEGEP None  Varies1
Other provinces High school diploma and transcript None

Chile

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Licencia Secondaria/Licencia de Educacion Media None

China

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Senior High School graduation and transcript None

Cyprus

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Apolyterion and school transcript None

Czech Republic

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Maturitni Vysvedcent and transcript None

Denmark

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Studentereksamen: cores and certificate Upon Review1

Egypt

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
General Secondary Education Certificate and school transcript None

Finland

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Ylioppilastuntkinto exam scores and certificate Upon Review1

France

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Baccalaureat and exam scores Maximum 1 Year

Germany

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Abitur including exam scores Maximum 1 year

Greece

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Apolytirio Gymnasiou and school transcript None

Hong Kong

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
HKCEE and Lower Form VI transcript
HK A-Levels Maximum 1 year
HKDSE To Be Determined

Iceland

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Studentsprof (from Verzlunarskoli) and exam scores Varies 1
Studentsprof (from Menntaskoli) and exam scores Varies 1

India

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Higher Secondary Certificate and transcript/Secondary School Certificate None

Indonesia

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Sekolah Menengah Atas and exam scores None

Ireland

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Leaving Certificate Ordinary/Higher None

Israel

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Bagrut and school transcript None

Italy

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Maturita and school transcript Maximum ½ year

Japan

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Kotogakko/Secondary School Leaving Certificate and school transcript None

Jordan

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Kotogakko/Secondary School Leaving Certificate and school transcript None

Korea, Republic of

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
High School diploma and transcript None

Lebanon

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Certificate of General Secondary Education (Baccalaureat) None

Malaysia

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Malaysian Certificate of Education/Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia None
MCE/SPM and transcript of Lower Form VI None
Higher School Certificate/Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Upon Review1

Morocco

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Baccalaureat and exam scores None

The Netherlands

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Eindexamen/V.W.O. and exam scores None

New Zealand

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
National Certification of Educational Achievement/NCEA Level 3 None

Nigeria

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Senior School Certificate (SSSC) and transcript None

Norway

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Vitnemal Fraden Videregaendesskolen and transcript None

Pakistan

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Intermediate or Higher Secondary School Certificate None

Peru

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Certificado de Educacion Secondaria commun completaand school transcript including rank in class None

Russia

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Secondary School Leaving Certificate and transcript None

Saudi Arabia

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
BacSaudi Arabian General Secondary Education Certificate None

Singapore

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Cambridge GCSE and minimum of 1 year of GCE A-Level study
GCE A-Levels Maximum 1 year

South Africa

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Senior Certificate/Standard 10 Certificate None

Spain

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Titulo de Bachillerato/Graduado en Educatcion andtranscript None

Sweden

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Avgangsbetyg/Fran Gymnasieskola and transcript None

Switzerland

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Federal Maturitatszeugnis/Certificat de Maturite/Attestanto di Maturita Maximum ½ year

Taiwan, R.O.C.

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Senior High School Diploma None

Thailand

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Mathayam Suksa VI including grades and school transcript None

Turkey

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
Lise Diploma and transcript None

United Kingdom

Credentials Accepted for Admission Advanced Credit
GCSE and minimum of 1 year of GCE A-Level study
A/S Level Maximum ½ year
GCE A-Levels Maximum 1 year

1 This credential may serve as the basis for limited advanced standing credit at the discretion of Admissions. Please contact us for further information.

Advanced Credit Policies

Boston University believes that superior results on any of the following examinations demonstrate a level of achievement beyond most standard high school programs, which is factored into the evaluation for admission. The University recognizes that such high-scoring students are well prepared to enter the University’s most competitive programs.

Please see Advanced Credit for more information.

Latin American Countries

Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela: Bachillerato and school transcript; no advanced credit.

Caribbean Countries

Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago: Official General Certificate of Education (GCE) and CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) Official GCE Advanced level passes maximum one year advanced credit.

More Information

If your country is not listed here and you do not know the proper credentials, please contact us.

Credentials for which possible credit is indicated are evaluated according to both the examination results (grades, marks, notes, and so on) and the syllabus. Courses whose syllabi do not compare closely with the courses offered in the Boston University curriculum cannot serve as the basis for advanced standing.

Credit policies are subject to review and change.